Title: 'Community Ambassador' project Officer
Reports to: Older People Involvement Officer
Salary: £24,500 pro rata
Hours: 14 hours per week
Connect Hackney is a £5.8 M programme aimed at reducing social isolation among older people aged 50+ and is one of fourteen programme areas in England, all of them mandated to be older people-led, funded by the Big lottery under its Ageing Better programme. Ageing Better aims to disseminate evidence and learning throughout the life of the programme and ensure it is relevant to both practitioners and policy-makers at a local and national level. It is hoped that the evidence will demonstrate how and why work delivered by the fourteen programme areas can be of benefit, be sustainable, and have a strategic, universal impact on the way future interventions are shaped.
Hackney's programme, Connect Hackney, is hosted by Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS). Age UK East London is one of its strategic partners. Another partner, the lead organisation representing older people, is the City & Hackney Older People's Reference Group (OPRG), facilitated by Age UK and funded by the City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group. Together with several other partners we are now about to embark on year 3 of the programme's development and delivery, incorporating into this next phase of work we have 'tested and learned' to date. This post therefore becomes available at an exciting time, with fresh opportunities to innovate and build towards national and local solutions in addressing the social isolation affecting our older people.
In particular the Community Ambassador Project aims to recruit a core group of 15 older people with whom we will co-produce a programme of training and support to enable them to become influential leaders and representatives of older people living in Hackney.
To support the City & Hackney Older People’s Reference Group (OPRG) with its involvement in the strategic development of the Connect Hackney project with older people from other groups.
To co-produce with older people a programme of training and support which will enable them to become influential leaders and representatives of older people living in Hackney.
To deliver the training and support for the Community Ambassador project, ensuring this is fully integrated into the specific community framework within which Connect Hackney and the OPRG operate.
To develop a model of exemplary practice in user engagement and involvement for Connect Hackney and the OPRG and to support older people to contribute to the evaluation of the model in partnership with our evaluation partner.
Closing date: Friday 21st July